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Teacher Development Network

Teacher development is changing. In September 2020, the new Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Core Content Framework was implemented by training providers; and the Early Career Framework (ECF) was rolled-out early in Bradford in advance of a national roll-out from September 2021. From September 2021, new specialist National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) and reformed leadership NPQs will be delivered for the first time, along with a programme for new headteachers. At the heart of these reforms are teaching school hubs. Bradford Teaching School Hub will play a key role in delivering these reforms and programmes. The Teacher Development Network will support teachers and leaders of schools and trusts to build their awareness of the changes and how their school(s) can become involved.

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  • The initial teacher training core content framework: An introduction

    Published 22/01/21, by Paul Butler

    Although the fine detail of the framework’s content is highly significant to initial teacher training (ITT) providers - such as those offering school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT) programmes; higher education institutes (HEI) led programmes; or School Direct programmes accredited by a SCITT or HEI - it’s useful for headteachers and leaders to be aware of it. Early career teachers (Newly Qualified Teachers (NQT)) schools appoint to teaching posts from September 2021 will be the have accessed training that aligns to the framework.

    Programmes that aligned to the initial teacher training core content framework were first delivered from September 2020. The framework was introduced in response to the Carter review. One of the report’s recommendations was:

    We believe ITT course content should have a relentless focus on pupil outcomes (including pupil progress, achievement and well-being) and should be delivered purposefully towards this overarching goal. 

    The ITT core content framework aligns with the Early Career Framework (ECF) to establish an entitlement to a 3 or more-year structured package of support for all new teachers at the start of their careers (one year via the ITT core content framework and a further two years via the ECF). The ECF was rolled out early in some regions, including Bradford, from September 2020 and is available nationally from September 2021.

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  • Progression across frameworks

    Published 05/01/21, by Paul Butler

    In 2019, the Department for Education (DfE) published the Recruitment and Retention Strategy (DfE, 2019). Commencing with the early roll-out of the Early Career Framework (ECF) in selected regions, including Bradford, and the introduction of the new Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Core Content Framework from September 2020, the government began to transform the training and support for teachers at all stages of their career. The Early Career Framework (ECF) will be rolled out nationally from September 2021, coinciding with the introduction of a two-year Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) induction period. At the same time, a revised suite of leadership and new specialist National Professional Qualifications (NPQ) and New Headteacher Programme will be introduced.

    The government intends these programmes to provide “the golden thread from initial teacher training to school leadership, rooting teacher and leadership development in the best available evidence and collective wisdom of the profession”.

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